Pre-College at CET Vietnam:
Development and Global Health

Epic Summer. College Courses. Lifelong Impact.

Explore international development. Start unpacking global health issues. Experience bustling Ho Chi Minh City.

Dive into development and global health, examining challenges from multiple perspectives. Your core course introduces you to the main themes and issues within these fields, while your surroundings are a case study of globalization at work. After you’ve covered the basics, delve into a topic of your choice with a group project. Did the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals pique your interest? Interested in digging into the effect of globalization on traditional livelihoods in Vietnam? Design and execute a hands-on project to present to the class.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/28/2019 07/27/2019 4 Weeks 4 $5,850
What’s Included
None March 31

Your transcript will be jointly issued by CET and our host university, University of Economics.

Classroom Meets City. Hands-On Learning.

  • Visit the Women’s Museum and learn about gender norms in Vietnam
  • Shadow a community health worker to understand local conditions
  • Attend a local dance performance and see a fusion of traditional and modern Vietnamese culture
  • Visit the local market and observe small business in action
  • Discuss how water access affects health issues in the local community with NGO staff



Conversational Vietnamese

You are placed into one of these courses:

LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Vietnamese
1 credit | 15 hours

Offered at the beginning level and includes supporting vocabulary for success in the core course and daily life in Ho Chi Minh City. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.

LANG 205 Vietnamese Language Tutorial
1 credit | 15 hours

If you have any previous Vietnamese experience, you will have an individual tutorial customized to suit your language level.

Core Course

DEVS 125 Introduction to Development and Global Health
3 credits | 45 hours

This course introduces you to the complex world of development and global health. You’ll examine basic macro-level themes and topics within the field, as well as use Vietnam as a case study to evaluate these issues within the context of a developing country. You’ll then choose a topic on which to design and develop a project (with a group or individually) to present to your class. Classroom study is supplemented by excursions and site visits.

This course will cover:

  • The mission of international development
  • Key terms and major stakeholders
  • The role of global health within society and government
  • Globalization’s impact on Vietnamese society since 1990
  • Environment, climate, and migration in Vietnam
  • Gender, maternal, and child health

Your Home Base in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is an unpretentious city that embraces both the old and the new. While exploring the city’s 24 districts, you’re as likely to stumble across a modern art space as you are a Buddhist temple. Have dinner on a rooftop restaurant with your cohort. Attend a traditional water puppetry show. Take in the buzzing energy of the local food market. With that kind of juxtaposition, you couldn’t ask for a better environment for studying international development.

Housing & Meals

You’ll live near the CET center in a shared apartment or guesthouse with other students in your group. You’ll eat most meals with your classmates, and will have access to many inexpensive cafés and food vendors nearby.


Your classes will be held at the CET Center in the famous District 1, just within walking distance from your housing accommodations. The compound houses several small coffee shops and canteens, and there’s plenty of common space to hang out and study with your peers after class is out.

Out and About

  • Experience a real Vietnamese-style café and try a fresh avocado or mango smoothie
  • Partake in the national Vietnamese pastime—karaoke!
  • See and explore the sprawling Củ Chi tunnels that run beneath the city
  • Go out for a bowling night with your classmates


A Typical Day in Ho Chi Minh City

8:00 am: Meet with your cohort and group leader to go over the day’s schedule and themes.

8:30 am: Grab a fresh fruit smoothie and head to the CET Center.

9:00 am: Vietnamese! Learn how to introduce yourself in different contexts. Make sure you practice before the excursion this afternoon!

10:00 am: In class, dive deep into the importance of youth engagement in public health education and some of efforts in the local community.

12:30 pm: Lunch and study hall – review your vocab from this morning and prepare questions for the afternoon site visit.

2:00 pm: Visit the Xanh Foundation. Talk to the founders about their many initiatives to equip young scientists with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the health field.

4:00 pm: Head to the Central Post Office to check out the architecture and buy gifts for friends back home. Don’t forget to drop a postcard or two in the mail before you leave!

6:30 pm: Grab dinner at your favorite phở stand with classmates before heading home to finish your reading for tomorrow.

8:00 pm: Group meeting to reflect and discuss your first week in Vietnam, and review tomorrow’s schedule.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

Loc Pham
Loc received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011. Prior to joining CET, he served as Vice President of Hoa Sen University, a private university in Ho Chi Minh City. He also served as Dean of Faculty & Professors in the University’s Department of Languages & Cultural Studies. He has taught courses at both SIT Vietnam and the Loyola Center in Ho Chi Minh City, and has cultivated an extensive faculty network throughout the region. Loc has published in diverse research areas, including postcolonial studies, gender studies, and translation studies. His most recent academic pursuit is researching social and emotional learning (SEL) as it relates to the student experience.

Loc Pham

Academic Director

Vu Ho
Vu comes from the central highlands of Vietnam. He moved to Ho Chi Minh City to attend both high school and college, and graduated from the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City in 2013 with a BA in finance. At school, Vu was an active member and leader of the University’s Volunteer Club. He first joined the CET Vietnam team in 2010 as a Vietnamese roommate and considers his experience with the 2012 summer program in Quang Tri one of the most memorable times of his life. In addition to learning new languages and cultures, he enjoys playing sports, traveling and cooking.

Vu Ho

Resident Director

Tuan Dao
While earning a BA in Business and English at the University of Pedagogy in Ho Chi Minh City, Tuan joined the CET Vietnam Program as a roommate in the fall of 2014. After graduating, he worked as a marketing assistant for an events company, planning events and developing new client relationships. He’s now returned to his CET “roots”, and enjoys helping students discover new aspects of urban and rural Vietnamese culture.

Tuan Dao

Program Coordinator

Hieu Nguyen
Hieu graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University with a Bachelor of Urban Studies (2017). As an undergraduate, Hieu studied in both Singapore and Norway. He served as a CET roommate in the 2017 summer program, and joined the staff team as soon as the program ended. Hieu loves helping students have a life-altering experience during their time in Vietnam.

Hieu Nguyen

Program Assistant

Flight Estimate

Summer airfare tends to be between $1,200-$1,600 on average.


$5,850/ Term

On Site Expenses

Students typically spend about $300 on personal expenses while abroad.

What's Included

Courses & Textbooks

Every course you take on the program is included in your tuition. We even supply the textbooks, too.

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is grab your camera.


We arrange your housing in an apartment with other students and plenty of resident staff nearby.

All Meals

All of your meals are covered by tuition. Special dietary needs? We’ll help you accommodate those, too.

Supervision and Staff Support

We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage is included in your tuition.

Visa Fees

We process your standard visa in Washington, DC, and cover the fees for you.


We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the program…the icing on the cake of your college applications.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance AvailableLearn More

Application Requirements

CET seeks motivated high school students interested in a fun and challenging summer experience. The online admissions process includes submission of an application form including short essays, an official high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher. CET advisors are available to help choose the program that will be the best fit for you. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 31. Students are generally expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply early to ensure space is available in your first-choice program.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Italy, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

Price Subject to Change

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.